Manataka American Indian Council                                                Volume XI  Issue 03  MARCH 2007


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

    

 

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Contents:              

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Upcoming Events: 

Reuniting the Eagle and the Condor

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Elder's Meditation:

Willaru Huayta  Quechau Nation, Peru

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Website Updates: 

Oh My Gosh, There's A Bunch

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Feature Stories:

Women's Council History and Events

Tolerance and Intolerance

Time for a New Eagle Feather Law

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Eco-Notes:

New Human Pesticide Testing Rule

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Grandmother Waynonaha Speaks:

Gram Selma Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Speaks:

Conversations with Creator

Blackfoot Lodge Tales

Beautiful Brothers and Sisters

1 Inspirational Thoughts:: Leaders Vs Followers

2 Legends of Old: Evening Star and Orphan Star
2 Religion: Earth Works for Humanity

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Letters to the Editor:

Free Will, Blessings of the Waters,

Who Are Illegal Immigrants?

2 Politics: OK Legislators Blast Language Bill
2 Mother Earth Watch: Organic Consumers Association
2 Elder's Meditations:

Village Wise Man, Sioux

2 Member Recognition: Judy Filmore and Spirit Award Winners
2 Health Watch: Frankenstein Food - Send in the Clones
2 Fluoride Watch: National Tea Association Stands Up
2 Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Alaska Wolf Massacre
2 Sacred Site Watch: Ocmulgee Old Fields

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Hill & Holler: Running With Wolves

3

History: Who Were the First Americans?

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Grandfather Hawk Speaks:

Grandfather LeBeau Speaks:

Creation Legends

Blessings Be...

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Elder's Meditations:

Luther Standing Bear, Sioux

3

Women's Circle: Medicine Woman

3

Women's Council: Upcoming Women's Healing Retreat

3

Diet Watch: Nopal Cactus Lowers Cholestrol

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3

Book Reviews:

Return of the White Buffalo

Anasazi of Southwest Utah

3

Poetry Circle: These Hands

3

Inspirational Thoughts::

Clay Balls

3

Healing Prayer Basket: Prayer and Ceremonies Work...

3

Manataka  Business: Elders Meet on Ceremonies

 

 


 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 
 

Machu-Pecchu - Peru

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Aymara leaders passing the second Baston (Staff) - Bolivia

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March 10, 2007 10:30 a.m.

Elem Indian Colony Disenrollment Rally

Moose Lodge, east of Clearlake Oaks, CA.

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March 19 – 23, 2007

Bridging the Americas - Reuniting the Eagle and the Condor

Gathering of The Elders at Lake Titicaca, Peru

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March 24, 2007

Native American Institute of The Hudson River Valley

The Algonquian Peoples Seminar

New York State Museum, Sand Lake, NY

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March 30, 2007

Second Annual American Indian Women of Distinction Conference

Riverside, CA

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April 13 - 15, 2007

Manataka Encampment - Elders Talking Circle

Hot Springs National Park, AR

 

June 14 - 22, 2007

Thunderbirds in the Temple of the Sun

A Gathering of Native Councils, Chiefs and Clan Mothers of the Americas

Andes Mountains, Bolivia

 

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ELDER MEDITATION

 

The first factor in the revolution of consciousness is the mystic death of the ego - the death of negative thinking, negative personalities. We must purify the soul of the inner enemies. Every time a defect manifests - envy, gluttony, anger, lust, whatever - that impulse to the heart. Ask, 'Do I really need to invoke this?' And then honor the heart." -Willaru Huayta  Quechau Nation, Peru

 

Our egos have character defects. These character defects we sometimes act out and they invariably bring results to our lives that we might not want. If we continue to use these character defects, we will continue to have undesirable results in our lives. How do we change ourselves or get rid of a character defect? We can go to the heart - ask a question, make a decision - then honor the heart. For example, say I get angry today. I would go to the heart and ask, would I rather be right or would I rather be happy? How we answer this question can have an enormous impact on how our day goes. Once we decide the answer to this question, we need to honor the heart by saying, "Thank you for the power of changing my thoughts. I choose to be happy and to experience peace of mind."

 

Great Spirit,

today, let me teach only love

and learn only love.

By Don Coyhis

 



FEBRUARY WEBSITE UPDATES

 

#  1 Anasazi of Southwest Utah #14 Live at Beaver Lodge - Sidney Castel - Comedy CD
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#  3 Ceremonial Supplies #16 Native Remedies - New Mother's and Babies Section
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#  8 Clothing Store #21 Sounds of Manakata - Dozens of new CD's!
#  9 Christmas Songs on CD #22 Spirtual Path Books
#10 DreamCatcher - Storytelling Series CD #23 Triumph of the Mohawk Nation
#11 Ernest Monias - Music CD #24 Women's Gifts - Beautiful Jewelry and Crafts
#12 First Nations Films #25 World's Best Powwow Songs
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FUND RAISING APPEAL

Benefit for Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown is a bright, fun-loving 8 year-old from South Texas who has leukemia.  The family needs your help with travel and medical expense.  The family home was devastated by Hurricane Rita and it must be repaired before Tyler can return home.   His family and friends are hosting a benefit  Saturday, March 17 in Port Acres, Texas.   An account has been set up at Gulf Credit Union.  Call Theresa Blackwell 409-724-2086 or Diana Casses 409-548-0657.   Please help Tyler and his family.  ~Submitted by Melinda Smith

 


 

 

 

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FEATURE

 

MANATAKA WOMEN'S COUNCIL

HISTORY, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

by Becky Moore    

 

The Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship' celebrates our seventh year in 2007. In 2000 there was the Full Circle Celebration and the closing of the Cherokee Longhouse. It was also the year Sharon 'Kamama' Baugh, Amanda 'Morning Star' and Becky 'Flaming Owl' became friends, giving birth to the 'Circle of Friendship' that has continued to widen and create new circles of friendship throughout the Manataka organization.

 

We lost our beloved Sharon in 2006; however, on the night before she crossed over 'Morning Star' and 'Flaming Owl' were with her. Sharon spoke these words, "Thank you for being my best friends. All I ever wanted was a friend."

 

We cordially invite you to join us on the first Saturday of every month. Every meeting of the Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship; is filled with fun, laughter, learning, sharing, and sisterhood. As a group we have learned many things this past year.

 

Ceremonial Regalia

One of the things we have learned is how to conduct ourselves with honor as a woman. (Proverbs 31:31:10-31) In ceremonial situations a woman wears a long skirt, a medium length dress or skirt with leggings or high boots, and at all times her arms and legs are covered appropriately. Most of us have now acquired an appropriate dress or skirt to wear to gatherings. (Boho skirts and t-shirts are perfect--wear shorts or pants under them.)

 

Two necessary accessories are a shawl and a fan. The shawl is folded and draped across the left arm. The fringe sways and undulates with each movement. The fan is held in the right hand and is used in a variety of ways. As these items are expensive to purchase our project during the winter has been to make our own.

 

One of our goals in 2007 is to appear at the encampment, Turpentine Creek Pow-Wow, and the Summer Gathering with honor and dignity as women. Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' says, "When you know better-- you do better," and now, YOU know!

 

Crafting, Singing and Events

A second thing we have learned in the past few months is Peyote Beading. The classes were taught by Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' and her prize pupil so far is 'Morning Star.' The mantra seems to be "and let there be beads!"

 

A third thing we have been learning is how to rock and roll with Melinda 'Musical Healer' Smith. Melinda has the voice of an angel and leads us in singing, drumming, and rattling at every meeting.

 

There are two exciting -- do not miss it -- events scheduled for the 'Circle of Friendship.' The Healing Retreat May 18 - 20 and our trip to the Turpentine Creek Powwow in Eureka Springs, AR June 15 - 17.

 

In 2004, the Manataka Women's Council held a "for WOMEN ONLY" Healing Retreat over the three days of Mother's Day weekend at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds in Hot Springs. Thirty-five women attended the first event. We celebrate our fourth spring 'Circle of Friendship' Women's Healing Retreat May 18, 19, and 20.  Our May Retreats were so popular that three years ago we began holding retreats in the fall as well. Our most recent Fall Retreat was held at the ceremonial grounds and home of Cheryl Wilkinson and her mother, Anita, on November 11, 2006.

 

Vicki McBain has attended Manataka events for ten years. Until the first healing retreat the only woman she knew was 'Flaming Owl.' Vicki really wished for friends in her life, so she drove five hours from Dallas to attend the first retreat. Vicki's wish was granted as she looks forward to reconnecting with her sisters at gatherings and events. Join us and make a friend!

 

Each 'Circle of Friendship' Healing Retreat is different and is operated strictly at Creator's will. We have sang songs around the fire, drummed to our hearts content, seen the sunrise from Goat Rock, and been made virgins again.  We have seen 17 hawks circle above our heads.  We have performed countless ceremonies, gone on journeys, and dug crystals from the mine. We have laughed, cried, loved, accepted, and we have shared -- we have become sisters.

 

"All women are born Sisters through their Moon time cycles.  As potential Mothers of the Creative Force women share a common bond. The union of the Sisterhood is strengthened each time they meet with the sharing of new ideas and talents. The Women's Circles have always shared the dreams of the People that need nurturing by women, new techniques for beading, tanning hides, making foods and remedies, and women's teachings." (Jamie Sams)

 

Our central camp is located at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds. The Healing Retreat event is for women and young girls only. In June of 2006, thirteen 'Circle of Friendship' member met at the Turpentine Creek Powwow in Eureka Springs. The trip was so much fun that we are going again!

 

Turpentine Creek Powwow

Last year, nine women stayed at the Alpen Dorf Motel. We did not have a pool, but the owners let us use his big fire circle, gave us all the red cedar we could burn and gave us two grills. We drummed, sang, ate, and had a great time on Friday night. We will return to the Alpen Dorf this year.

 

The Alpen Dorf has many types of rooms, ranging in price from $40.00 to $102.00 per night. We are currently making reservations. Four can stay comfortably in a room and this year several of us plan to get a large room with a kitchen and living room as a central headquarters. Please get your name in the hat as soon as possible.

 

Our plan is to carpool, forming a caravan from Hot Springs up Highway 7 North to Highway 62 East early on Friday, June 15. We can meet others along the route. We will check into the motel and spend the evening around the fire.

 

On Saturday we will spend the day at Turpentine Creek Pow-Wow. If you plan to dance you must bring appropriate regalia. Saturday night there will be a fire circle again.

 

On Sunday, we will detour to the Blue Bird Factory, a very popular trip last year.

 

Expenses are the responsibility of each member attending. Expenses for this trip include your portion of a room for two nights, gas, food, admission to the powwow, and spending money. (The craft booths were really good last year!)

 

As an elder, acquired knowledge is a given, and there are a variety of subjects that could be written about to pass on that knowledge. However, the things that are closest to the heart are the most important, which is family and friends. Besides faith in our Creator and thanks for all the Great Mystery does for us, love, unconditional love has to be the most important thing to pass on to the next seven generations. When the 'Circle of Friendship' gathers feelings of love are indescribable in their intensity. So many of our sisters have grown, have jumped over hurdles, or stumbled around blocks in the road and we've been there for each other every step of the way. Sometimes the prayer list gets so long that Creator is surely tired of listening as thanks is given for each one of the women whose presence makes a difference in my life.

 

Join the Circle of Friendship

Please consider joining our 'Circle of Friendship' and even if you cannot be here physically know that you are loved and we are here for you. Think I'll close and go sit on the carport with 'Morning Star' to wait for our Sisters 'Blue Star Speaks' and 'DragonFlys' to get here. Peace, joy, love and blessings!  Email us at: womenscouncil@manataka.org

 

Becky Moore, Manataka Women's Council Elder

 

 


 

FEATURE

 

Tolerance and Intolerance

By Ingeborg Hayes

 

 

Tolerance— are we too scared to ponder it?  The word tolerance weighs heavy and thoughts of prejudice are awkwardly linked.  Is it unpopular to not tolerate certain things?  Some say tolerance is a discipline.  If that is so, then tolerance and education may have a closer affinity than tolerance and prejudice.

 

Dr. Theodore Zeldin, former dean of St. Anthony's College, Oxford, says that tolerance has failed to capture the popular imagination because it is not a passion.  “The reluctant acceptance of a burden, putting up with what one cannot avoid, is not exciting enough, nor has education been of much help. The educated have as poor a record for tolerance as the ignorant because it is as easy to be infected by intolerance as by the common cold.  However this does not mean that humanity is powerless. The taste for toleration has deep roots, but it is not necessarily from one’s ancestors that one acquires it.”

 

How can we dialogue about tolerance and intolerance when we don’t know who we are, where we are going and what we value?  Some of this happens naturally, yet more creative steps can be made to facilitate dialogue while seeking common ground of each others culture and acknowledging differences.  It creates a foundation for success in today’s international work place.  Tolerance not only touches on the visible, we must look for what is invisible as well.  Are any groups missing?  Is conflict resolution part of this more and more diverse society?  What about justice, social justice and education?

 

Steps like learning a language, finding a foreign newspaper on the internet, and expecting student leadership in schools to partner international students with U.S. students in group learning, family life, local politics and leisure, choosing newspapers and magazines needs to be an integral part of education for those that wish to study in the U.S. or students going to another country as well. 

 

Centuries ago Baghdad was a cosmopolitan center for knowledge.  On special days wise man and yes women from many religious backgrounds, which included Christians, Muslims and Jews gathered to ponder their philosophies and insights.  This connecting of brains resulted in the first libraries and discoveries that eventually connected with the European Renaissance.  What happened?  History tells us that fundamentalist believes stifled tolerance and slowly the freedom of research and discoveries disappeared.  It is therefore important to highlight and focus on the hard question why religion and state should be separate in democracies.

 

Mass media could be instrumental in the discussions that need to take place around tolerance. Individuals and organizations together create a conversation that protects tolerance so research and growth can flow freely.  What are the ingredients of healthy tolerance?  Certainly the discussion of tolerance needs to be part of education throughout the world.

 

"It's up to us to decide on the kind of conversations we have. The way we talk at the office or factory shapes the work we do; it's not just machines, which force us to be obedient. I want to show how we could make our work a lot less boring and frustrating if we learned to talk differently," says Zeldin

 

Is tolerance part of my personal happiness?  It certainly is part of my identity. Do I therefore have to tolerate intolerable behavior?  Of course not.  Healthy boundaries are part of my identity as well.  My level of tolerance and boundaries are different from many people around me, and make for different insights and conversations.  It includes respect, yet allows one to make mistakes as well. I’m an evolving person.

   

I celebrate the communications that take place under the umbrella of tolerance; they allow me to search, fail, choose and grow. The “dance” of tolerant and intolerant behavior in my opinion is directly connected with identity, morals and growth.  So what kind of identity are we carving for ourselves?  Do we know who we are, what we stand for?  Does intolerant behavior by others push me to a stronger identity?

    

Please direct thoughts, comments, questions and opposing views to: Ingeborg Hayes at hayes@uhcl.edu

 


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New Human Pesticide Testing Rule

 

Leaked EPA rule allows pesticide experiments on humans, including pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children. Three California legislators call on the EPA to withdraw the rule. TAKE ACTION!

 

EPA's Latest Human Pesticide Testing Rule Called Illegal, Immoral

WASHINGTON, DC, January 25, 2006 (ENS) -

Three U.S. legislators are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a planned rule to permit pesticide experimentation on humans, including pregnant and nursing mothers and children.

The final draft rule is set to be officially released later this week, but a copy was leaked to leaked to the legislators by a concerned administration official who requested that the original copy of the plan not be duplicated in its entirety and widely distributed out of concern for anonymity.

Monday, California legislators Senator Barbara Boxer, and Representatives Henry Waxman and Hilda Solis released details of the rule and called on EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to withdraw the rule, calling it a "profound moral and ethical breach."

“This rule has not been signed by EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson yet. It’s within his power to fix this regulation, and we are calling on him to do so,” said Senator Boxer.

In August 2005, Congress enacted a moratorium upon the EPA using human pesticide experiments until strict ethical standards were established. Boxer championed the moratorium in the U.S. Senate. Solis pushed the moratorium through the U.S. House of Representatives.

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GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

 

 

Conversations with Creator

 

 

My morning conversations with Creator are often done over a cup of coffee. Yes we talk like old and trusting friends I can share my inner most thoughts at these times. I have asked many times why life has to be so hard but that question never gets answered. It reminds me of when I would talk to my Father and he would just ignore my question, or drift off into one of his trance like states leaving me to sit and wait for the answer. Being younger then I always looked outside for the answers, instead of taking that time and trust to look within.

 

My mother however had much more affective ways of teaching me lessons.

 

Children are so in awe with the many things others consider every day occurrences, that they miss the every day going on around them.  When I was little all my mother had to do to keep be busy was point out the ants that were crawling across the porch. I would sit and watch them for hours wondering where they were going and if they had a home or little children just as we did. I saw many amazing things that the ants taught me in these times of observing them.  My Mother would when she was done with her chores, tell me stories of the ants and relate them to the way humans once lived in communities. She would relate this to our own big clan of aunts and uncles and to Grandmother being the Queen ant that held it all together.

 

I know now that my father and mother understood these things and just waited for me to figure them out myself.

Some times when I did not try to find the answers they would guide me with a story or a teaching to the place where I could relate them to the things that were happening in my own life. I was like a door opened and you just stepped through to the light and truth of the answer. After that you could always refer to this when a similar thing happened to you. This made the processing of life much easier as it became more and more complicated. Many times I have had to bring out these teachings for my own children and for my own use in these later years.

 

I miss those talks and time alone with my parents  and the wisdom that they  shared without even knowing how much I would need them in this life.  I was told to hold these in my heart as it  would be the last time we could speak of such things.

 

Time passes and we are busy with our lives and families. The raising of children,  school and work,  can consume our days and nights.  Even the well meaning can forget to sit for a few minutes each day and have a good long talk with Creator.  I would love to have a garden some day for people to come and  talk with Creator. Perhaps in this way they too would understand that we each hold in our hearts a Sacred Space for the keeping of these memories.

 

One of my Grand Mothers favorite sayings was to catch a song bird you must first put salt on its tail. I never really pondered this logic until I was older.  In other words, you cannot sneak up on a wild bird long enough to put salt on its tail so therefore you cannot catch a bird. At one time to get me “from under foot” as she put it, she did give me a salt shaker to try and catch a bird. Need I say more here, it was the final lesson in bird catching for me.

 

My Grand Mother was, (as were all of the old people) full of what she called “hill sayings”, or hill wisdom. These teachings were done in some story telling,  but mostly in only a few words that brought up whole stories to the mind. I think of it today as a key word teaching,  a few simple  words that open volumes  of teachings.

 

Now alone here I will always be connected with them in my heart and through my morning talks with Creator.

I still ask why, and often seek answers to questions I should know and chose not to see.   Yes Creator can at times be harsh in letting you know you have over stepped the boundaries. Or just ignore you completely until you figure it all out yourself and come to realize it was around you all the time.

 

Sometimes we are forced to look face to face at hard times and also sometimes the good only comes after along suffering that makes us realize that we are humans. It is in the understanding of the reason for the teachings and they ways of our Creator that we grow and learn a better way of life here on this Earth Mother.

 

In panic we sometimes cannot process events that happen;  but given  time for silence we can understand them. I am grateful for all the many lessons in life they are hard and they seem long at times but I know that they will also help me in the future to understand life and help others find their path.

 

Life is an ever open,  never ending road, the true adventure is in the traveling of that road. I look forward to my morning coffee and my talk with Creator. The message that is given is to be patient do not move fast or make decisions just yet. To make me listen to this I was given physical, and financial  reasons to not move fast or make any decision at this time. I must at this time focus on my every day needs and not look to far ahead into the future.

 

I wait to see the reason behind the latest events, and look to for the signs to be given that will help me find the answers.

The day of my accident (fall in the market) I saw three red tail Hawks circle in the sky over the post office of Lily Dale. Red Tails do not often fly this way and in the winter months are usually out hunting in their own territory.

 

So to see them was an out of the ordinary thing on the morning of December 30  2006. For those of you who know the significance of the Hawks as the messengers to Creator you will understand this better.

 

Susan Glazier and I stood and watched them for a few minutes commenting on the beauty of nature. Susan also ask what that could mean and I had no answer for her at that time. Now I know part of the answer but not all of it is being shown yet. The three messengers in time will come and tell us what to do, of that I am certain. .  Lift up your eyes and look to the Creator and the sky world for the answers, this is truly the place of the Great Mystery from which all answers flow, my elders say.   In time as we are ready the answers will come to those who seek guidance and vision. For now I put that morning before the accident in my heart and hold it there for the future. For now I must tend to the healing of my own body and finding a way to stay quiet and in this place of healing.

 

I will always remember the Hawks so beautiful flying and spinning in round circles like Eagles on the wind.  I will remember I had to look twice to make sure that they were Hawks. There was no doubt in this, as they were very close and the sun was shinning on the red feathers making them appear to be on fire.  I am truly glad that Susan was there to see them and share in this, or perhaps I would have thought it a vision. I await the message from the Hawks and continue to have my morning conversations with Creator love and blessings to all for the coming year may it bring peace to Mother Earth and to all that live here.

 

Mitakuye Oyasin - May your spirit know true peace and love.

 

 

Submitted by Waynonaha, 2007 All Rights Reserved

 


FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

What's a mile long and four feet high?  A Hopi Grand Entry

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Q: What do you call a Sioux guy out walking his dog?  A: Vegetarian

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Q: What do you call a Cheyenne guy with two dogs?  A: Rancher

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Three Indian commandos were out in the Iraqi desert. "I understand that you Indians have brought your own indigenous survival equipment" ventured their captain.

"Sir, I have brought an entire barrel cactus" said the Pima guy,  proudly; "When I get too hot, I just cut off the top and take a drink,"

The captain looked impressed.

Not to be outdone, the Pueblo guy said "Sir, I have brought the sacred corn pollen. When I get too hot, I pray with it, and then it rains".

The captain looked even more impressed.

Not to be outdone the Rosebud guy said "I brought a car door off a 1959  Chevy Impala".

"Why would you do that?" the captain asked.

"Well," said the Rosebud guy; "when I get too hot, I just roll down the window".
 

 

 

GRANDMOTHER'S SPEAK:

 

From Grandmother Selma

 

 

Blackfoot Lodge Tales

 

 

 

Indians are usually represented as being a silent, sullen race, seldom speaking, and never laughing nor joking. However true this may be in regard to some tribes, it certainly was not the case with most of those who lived upon the Great Plains. These people were generally talkative, merry, and light-hearted; they delighted in fun, and were a race of jokers. It is true that, in the presence of strangers, they were grave, silent, and reserved, but this is nothing more than the shyness and embarrassment felt by a child in the presence of strangers. As the Indian becomes acquainted, this reserve wears off; he is at his ease again and appears in his true colors, a light-hearted child. Certainly the Blackfoot never were a taciturn and gloomy people. Before the disappearance of the buffalo, they were happy and cheerful. Why should they not have been? Food and clothing were to be had for the killing and tanning. All fur animals were abundant, and thus the people were rich. Meat, really the only food they cared for, was plenty and cost nothing. Their robes and furs were exchanged with the traders for bright-colored blankets and finery. So they wanted nothing.

 

It is but nine years since the buffalo disappeared from the land. Only nine years have passed since these people gave up that wild, free life which was natural to them, and ah, how dear! Let us go back in memory to those happy days and see how they passed the time.

 

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Submitted by Selma Palmer, 2007 All Rights Reserved

 


GRANDMOTHERS SPEAK

 

 

                  

 

Magdala Rameriz

Maya Priestess

Beautiful Sisters and Brothers all over the world,

 

It feel sooo beautiful to be back in the temple where the water comes out from the womb, we will be working in the land for preparations for ceremonies, as well as decoding ancient codices that are showing the way ...so beautiful! ..work and donations are very appreciated.... Sorry I couldn't answer email sooner..

 

There is so much commotion of the things happening everywhere, for the mother is changing moving, balancing herself, she is truly speaking the ways of the spirit...then people is feeling which is the right way? maybe this maybe that, does it is truly about tradition, religion, color of the skin, nationality? ...witch is the right way?

 

Mama, in her journey to balance, is showing the way of the heart, it is not about how to do the things in the outside  but to put attention of the things in the inside, for the heart is truly speaking, for the heart knows where unity resides.

 

People is feeling that their spirituality have come from a group, a tradition, a religion, they truly think that! ...identity have become a powerful tool for a disconnected heart, separation ...People have forgotten that their spirituality comes from the spirit, that sacredness of life does not come from an individual, or group, religion, tradition, recognition but as a revelation from the spirit, and this revelation from the spirit is where the spirituality resides, the unique connection between the self and the spirit, that is a holly connection, and there is where the sacredness resides, really is not in the outside.

 

Though love we find the bonding, the connection to the spirit, the connection of all life as sacred, the world of oneness.

 

If we see the bear's tradition, is beautiful for the bears, the would tradition, is also so beautiful for the wolfs, eagle tradition's is so beautiful...all is beautiful.... all traditions were going to lead into the oneness, in the the world of the enchanted flower, the world of beauty, for it is the heart that gives the power to all traditions, then it is the heart the one that holds the sacredness, there, in the place of sacredness, is the place where we all must pray and honor that connection, for in each human being resides, their own little tradition through that connection, all connection is sacred and it has been a way of living...yet, human being now, is finally understanding that spirit is everywhere, for the time of searching has come to an end and the time of finding has become the way of living... the way of oneness, is being found through the heart, for love is the bonding.

 

I am you

 

Magdala

 

Announcements & Upcoming Events

March - Creating Gathering Center, Kivas at the Temple near Harrison, AR

April 04 to 10 - Vision Embracing Ceremony, at the Temple near Harrison, AR.  Reserve a space via email below.

April 11 to 12 - Moon Calendar Seminar, Harrison, AR.  Reserve a space via email below.

Late in April -  Wisconsin and Minnesota.

June 22 - 24 - Summer Gathering at Manataka, Hot Springs, AR

June 26 - Moon Dance - Sisterhood Gathering, Harrison, AR  

 

Donations of labor and building materials are gratefully accepted. 

For seminar booking send an email: quetzalkina@ritternet.com   http://www.unionofpolarities.com

 

 


 

FEATURE STORY

 

Time for new eagle feather law

 

Think your religious freedom is protected? Think again. As many people across Indian country are aware, American Indians are the only ethnic group in the United States that require a federal permit for religious freedom. The law upholding this is commonly referred to as the ''eagle feather law,'' referring to Title 50, Part 22 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 22), and it governs the possession and use of eagle feathers.

Many people don't know how problematic the eagle feather law really is. To possess eagle feathers, citizens must be able to legally prove their ethnicity and only individuals of certifiable American Indian ancestry enrolled in a federally recognized tribe are authorized to obtain permits. Those caught without permits face imprisonment and fines up to $25,000 - for practicing their religion.

But there's a problem. Falsification of state records in what has been termed ''paper genocide'' has artificially decreased the true number of indigenous people in the United States and terminated the ''official'' existence of many tribes. Consequently, many Native Americans cannot be found on the Dawes Rolls (the major determinant of tribal enrollment and application for an eagle permit) and many tribes are unable to win federal recognition. As a result, many people lose access to eagles and the ability to practice and preserve traditional customs otherwise protected for ''recognized'' tribes and their members.

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark...

but the woodpecker may have to go.


1.    Don't miss the boat.

2.    Remember that we are all in the same boat.

3.    Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

4.    Stay fit. God may ask you to do
something really big when you are

       600 years old.
5.    Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
6.    Build your future on high ground.

7.    For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
8.    Speed isn't always an advantage. Snails were aboard with the cheetahs.
9.    When you're stressed, float a while.
10.  Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

 

No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting... May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door!

 

 


 

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 

LEADERS VS. FOLLOWERS

 
  • When leaders make a mistake, they say, "I was wrong."  When followers make mistakes, they say, "It wasn't my fault."

  • A leader works harder than a follower and has more time; A follower is always "too busy" to do what is necessary. 

  • A leader goes through a problem; A follower goes around it and never gets past it.

  • A leader makes and keeps commitments; A follower makes and forgets promises.

  • A leader says, "I'm good, but not as good as I ought to be;"  A follower says, "I'm not as bad as a lot of other people."

  • Leaders listen; Followers just wait until it's their turn to talk.

  • Leaders respect those who are superior to them and tries to learn something from them; Followers resent those who are superior to them and try to find chinks in their armor.

  • Leaders feel responsible for more than their job; Followers say, "I only work here."

  • A leader says, "There ought to be a better way to do this;"  Followers say, "That's the way it's always been done here."

~Author Unknown

 

 

 

Submitted by Romaine Garcia


   

RED HAWK - March Sale

 

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Great prices - Wonderful Craftsmanship

- Special Orders Accepted -

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2 New Craft Stores Opening Soon!

The Queen Bead, operated by Amanda Morning Star and Patty Blue Star, features first quality bead work,  authentic regalia and other crafts. 

Two Feathers Creations, operated by Bonnie Two Feathers, this shop will be a unique experience for many.  Bonnie's craft work is an excellent example of  traditional and modern art, jewelry and crafts.

Both stores are set to open in March.

 

 


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